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In Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein, the scientist Victor Frankenstein refuses to obey the wishes of his monstrous creation and make a female of the same species. If the two creatures were to procreate, he reflects, “a race of devils would be propagated upon the earth who might make the very existence of the species of man a condition precarious and full of terror.” In revenge, the monster hunts down Frankenstein and kills his bride on their wedding night, ensuring that Frankenstein’s only progeny remains the monster himself.
15th Annual Edward A. Said Lecutre
We are proud to announce this years Edward W. Said Memorial Lecturer, Professor Moustafa Bayoumi. A former student of Edward Said’s, Professor Bayoumi is currently a professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY).
Princeton University hosted a reading of Mary Shelley’s Gothic novel Frankenstein, which is celebrating its bicentennial this year. Each night was dedicated to one volume of the novel. This event, presented by Princeton’s English Department and Humanities Council, belonged to the worldwide Frankenreads initiative organized by the Keats-Shelley Association of America.
Intersections Working Group
On Monday, Oct. 22nd, Leigh Raiford, Associate Professor & H. Michael and Jeanne Williams Chair in African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley, presented “Burning All Illusion: Abstraction, Black Life, and the Unmaking of White Supremacy” as part of the ongoing Intersections Working Group series. The event was hosted by Professor Autumn Womack and co-sponsored by the departments of English and African American Studies.
Frankenstein at 200
An exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary of the release of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, prepared in coordination with the “Frankenstein at 200” programming lead by Professor Susan Wolfson of the English department. Learn more about upcoming related talks, lectures and events at:Frankenstein200
Virtual Victorians: Using 21st-century technology to evaluate 19th-century texts
In the 19th century, printing technology changed the way readers experienced texts. Today, students and researchers are using digital technology to access historical literary texts in new ways and finding surprising echoes of the past in their own lives.
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